Hundreds of picnickers bedecked in white will descend upon Millennium Park this weekend to celebrate National Picnic Month with Pastoral Picnic in White. Revelers are invited to dress in white from head to toe for this free, themed pop-up picnic event before the Grant Park Orchestra takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of Dvořák and Saint-Saëns.

​The Festival’s Pastoral Picnic in White is inspired by the French phenomenon that began in 1988 when friends gathered for an outdoor dinner party at the Bois de Boulogne and dressed in white so they could see each other in the dark. Now and every year, thousands of people gather in Paris, as well as other cities in Europe, Canada and throughout the United States, to join in these elegant pop-up dinner parties. There is no “right way” to participate – simply, dress in white from head to toe, add a white tablecloth, a group of friends, and be ready for a night of magic and music.

No registration is required for this celebration but participants must provide their own food and picnic supplies.

For more information about the Grant Park Music Festival season, visit

Large groups of picnickers decked in white from head to toe enjoy the music of Grant Park Orchestra at the J. Pritzker Pavilion in a special Grant Park Music Festival Performance (photo by Bonnie Rezaback).

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Revelers to Descend Upon Millennium Park for Pastoral Picnic in White at Grant Park Music Festival